I love the intimacy of this picture as they share a private joke.

The Bride Was Beautiful

It’s been a while since I’ve been here and the reasons have been many.  One of the very best reasons has been our daughter’s recent wedding to her super smart sweetie.

The minister was my son-in-law's cousin.  I thought it was great that he did the ceremony for them!

The minister was my son-in-law’s cousin. I thought it was great that he did the ceremony for them!

After a year long courtship, the two of them decided that yes, they did want to get married.  Shortly after, they set the date – for four weeks later!  My favorite boy toy and I made a quick trip to Atlanta to help them plan it out.  I was so proud of my daughter as we picked out her wedding dress.  She was happy and in a good mood, treating the sales person with respect and courtesy as she made her choice.  We laughed our way through it, from the dresses that didn’t fit to the ones that looked like a giant pillowcase billowing out in front of her.

The bride and groom with her parents.

The bride and groom with her parents.

It was a wonderful evening.  Even though it was short notice, there was a good turnout of friends and family to wish them well and enjoy the celebration.  The wedding was held outside and unfortunately, the weather was unseasonably cold.  I gave up after a while and just wore my winter coat.  My daughter’s dress was so heavy and thickly lined she didn’t notice the cold until towards the end, so thankfully it wasn’t much of an issue.

Something about the lights in the gazebo made her diamond ring glitter like a strobe light - it was really cool!

Aren’t they happy?  And good looking too!

During the toasts, her new father-in-law talked about when he and her mother-in-law first met my daughter.  They expected a princess who would hang out in the air conditioning while the family was working on the farm, repairing and stringing fencing on that day.  Instead, they got a girl who asked for a pair of work gloves, then marched out and spent the day working with them in the hot sun.  He finally sent her back to the house with his wife for interrogation to find out who she was and where she came from.  They fell in love with her from the get-go and wanted to make sure their son kept bringing her around.  Later, they would meet her mastiffs and understand that she was used to hard heavy work with animals and her own house.

I love the intimacy of this picture as they share a private joke.

I love the intimacy of this picture as they share a private joke.  The pearls on her wrist were given to me by my great aunt (my daughter shares her middle name).

Our son-in-law is a great guy and we’re glad that she kept dating despite the many disappointments she had out there.  He was worth waiting for.  His parents are good people too and she’s enjoyed many visits with them already, letting them stay in her guest room whenever they come to visit (her sweetie shared bachelor quarters with several other guys and had nowhere to put them up).  They treat her well and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them.

So it’s been a bit busy around here lately!  Between tax season at work and getting ready for a wedding, time has flown by quickly.  It always does, but lately it seems to move even quicker.

I’d like to thank my sister and my son-in-law’s friend, Alex, who shared photos they took during the ceremony.  There will be other photos from a professional photographer, but not for a while yet.

Have a good week!

34 thoughts on “The Bride Was Beautiful

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  2. This is such a special post about two people who chose to have a winter wedding – how cool is that? (bad pun) I’m delighted they made the same choice my hubby and I did over 30 years ago. The pictures are wonderful. Everyone is so happy. Thanks so much for sharing the event and very best wishes to the bride and groom.

  3. Phil

    Stephanie looks so beautiful and happy – and so much like her mother! What a beautiful couple. I wish them the upmost happiness. Thank you for sharing, Nancy and Ken. You have every right to be so proud. Congratulations.

  4. Congratulations to you and your daughter! What a beautiful wedding, it looked like a wedding for a princess! What a beautiful bride! I love her hair, and I agree with you, the 4th picture down is priceless! I wish for them many, many happy years to come.

    • I’ve been busy with all kinds of things. I’m glad you stopped by to see the wedding photos. Work is busy as usual and I’m going straight from compliance into year end with a divestiture (and five year restatement) thrown in as well. Plus I started doing all my own cooking again and have lost quite a bit of weight – over 30 pounds as of today. I need to blog about it, but there just haven’t been enough hours in the day.

    • Thank you! It was nice to have some good pictures to post. I was glad my sister got that one of the four of us together, but next time I’m making my daughter sit next to me instead of towering over me!

  5. Nancy, I am so glad I didn’t miss THIS post! Congratulations to the newlyweds, and of course the lucky parents too! Your daughter is stunning and her new husband looks like a very charming man!

    • They’re a handsome couple, but best of all it’s a relationship with substance. They both cleaned up good for the wedding, but they’re used to working hard at their jobs and on her dog business. I’m glad you didn’t miss this post either!

  6. Loved reading about a happy couple’s journey to find each other! I love the photos – I understand where the bride gets her beauty from (her parents). I am so glad they married for the right reasons, to the right person, and at the right time. It all falls into place if it’s done right!

    • It really does fall in place, but it’s hard keeping faith at times. Thanks for the compliments, but I always feel the need to qualify that she’s not adopted when she stands next to me in these pictures!

  7. Shirley

    I so enjoyed seeing these pictures. Like it was happening again. I had a great time at the wedding and wish the bride and groom many years of wedded bliss. They are one happy couple…..love, Mom

  8. Wonderful, wonderful, I believe in marriage and am thrilled that your daughter is so happily wed. I barely skimmed the working mom/ stay at home dad part of the post above for now. You know I admire both you and your husband for all you gave your daughter. It shows in all the photos, dad holding daughter in dance position nearly making tears flow. May I conclude with a couple other values we share: be respectful of salespeople, and as far as you are able pitch in with the heavy dirty work.

    • How wonderful to hear from you and what a lovely comment. We certainly didn’t have a conventional set-up, but it certainly worked for us. And I was so proud of her and what a great job she did with making the arrangements and not being a bridezilla.

  9. I wondered where you were these days but thought it was work keeping you busy as it does at this time of year. What wonderful news! Congratulations to the happy couple and their happy parents. You all look like you were having a great time. Your daughter is a stunning bride. You must be so proud. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

    • We had a great time. You’re right about work keeping me busy as it does this time of the year. Year end close starts in a few days and it’s been super busy with a major divestiture on top of it all.

      Thanks for the compliments – I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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